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Re: bash-4.0 regression: negative return values

From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: bash-4.0 regression: negative return values
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2009 08:48:32 -0500
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Mike Frysinger wrote:
> previous versions of bash would happily accept negative values ( treated as a 
> signed integer and masked with like 0xff), but it seems some changes related 
> to option parsing has broken that
> $ f(){ return -1; }; f
> -bash: return: -1: invalid option
> return: usage: return [n]

Bash still happily accepts the same negative return values; however, the
`return' builtin was changed to use the standard option parsing rules
like the rest of the builtins.  The effect is that arguments
beginning with a `-' that are not to be treated as options must follow
a `--'.

It's in the change log as having happened between bash-4.0-alpha and
bash-4.0 beta.

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Chet Ramey, ITS, CWRU    address@hidden    http://cnswww.cns.cwru.edu/~chet/

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